RATINGS: 1643   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
a stout of great contention We are not the harbingers of truth as some may suggest but it may indeed be argued that our brewing philosophy is tantamount to a dessert with a bellicose past. How, you may ask, would a brewery determine a likeness to hard-coated custard? Our response is simple; its all in the power of history, and of course, the extra finesse needed to top off a contentious treat with definition.

By comprehending the labyrinthine movement of time, one would not think it strange to trace the errant path of an ordinary object such as a cream dessert only to discover that it has been the cause of cultural disputes since the middle ages. The British founders of burnt cream and from Spain, crema catalana, both stand by their creative originality and we respect that, but it was the French Crme Brle, amid the strife of contention, that survived to represent our deliciously creamy brew. 9.6% abv 25 plato 195 L 22 oz / 1/6 keg 2-row pale malt / dark caramel malt / vanilla bean / lactose sugar / kettle hops: columbus / aroma hops: horizon

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
neepsntatties (1955) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 23, 2009
22 oz. bottle. Colour... black with some translucent edges and no head. Nose... yup! Thats creme brulee! Replete with vanilla, custard and caramel. Palate... gently caressing CO2, burnt sugar, custard cream, turbinado, brown sugar, vanilla and a very long, coating finish! Very sweet, which will likely be a turn off for some folks, but I love it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ketchepillar (1196) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - OCT 23, 2009
Notes from I believe the infamous site crash of Fall 08. What the shit is this? Aroma is soo much butterscotch and caramel. Flavor is similar but with a some vanilla extract added and a bit of hazelnut. Occasionally I think there is malt in there and I think I found some hops once. Just sooo overwhelming. More so than any beer Ive ever had. So frickin cloying and syrupy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (20814) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2009
Had a glass at the Manchester Pub in NYC. Aroma was huge, strong on vanilla and toffee light malts. Flavor was overwhelmingly sweet, strong notes of caramel and vanilla. Reminded me very much of cream soda. The beer had low carbonation, which made it seem more syrupy. Finish is super-sweet and lingering. Although I love big beers, I must admit that I found myself not completely enamoured with the prospect of drinking an entire glass of this stuff. But I did. It was an experience. I may have to try it again sometime.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 22, 2009
22 oz bomber. Pours a deep ruby, muddy brown with a thin, white head. Leaves spots of lacing. Aroma is awesome! Really rich butterscotch, vanilla milkshake, peanut brittle, toffee. Incredibly rich. Taste is a letdown. There is tons of chocolately sweetness, butterscotch candies balanced by some really cardboardy, bitter hops. Aftertaste of coffee and dark chocolate. Light bodied for an impy. Sticky mouthfeel. Dry finish. This is difficult to drink- too much cloying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gracefullypunk (667) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 22, 2009
Bomber. While I cant imagine drinking the entire bottle, a glass is fairly yummy. Deep brown with a fast fading beige head. Aromas of vanilla extract and bourbon. Palate is soft and creamy. Taste is primarily vanilla but also toasted sugar and some coffee.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 22, 2009
UPDATED: APR 11, 2010 Aroma is big on vanilla, bourbon, oak barrels, coffee, caramel, a mix of a creme brulee and a casked bourbon.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
patrick767 (4047) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 22, 2009
bottle at Ft Wayne tasting - Pours black with a tan head. It smells really great, exactly like creme brulee with the vanilla, caramel, etc. It tastes of sweet roast malt with caramel, vanilla, and butterscotch. Its full bodied and filling, a superb dessert brew though some will find the sweetness overpowering.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - OCT 22, 2009
Bottle. Bishops Arms Jrntorget, Porterveckan. Black colour. Very, very sweet, lots of vanilla, caramel, milk, coffee. Very cloying. Guess its kind of a love it or hate it type of "beer".

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jameswolfe (160) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 21, 2009
On one hand this is not a very impressive for an imperial and it does not really taste much like creme brulee as the name suggests. On other hand I found this to be a very enjoyable beer with tons of malty goodness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - OCT 19, 2009
Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a decent dense tan foamy head. Aroma: Butterscotch candy and or butterscotch coffee syrup. Taste: Butterscotch, vanilla, roasted malt, and finishes with a slight bitterness. Mouthfeel: Full bodied and slightly sticky. Overall: If you picked up this beer hoping for something that tastes like creme brulee, you wouldnt be dissapointed. This beer is just too sweet for me to want to drink more than a half a glass.

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